On Monday night, a cameraman for the BBC was reportedly "shoved" by a Trump supporter while filming a Trump rally in El Paso, Texas. Video footage captures the moment Ron Skeans’ camera was suddenly shaken and the aftermath of the alleged culprit, wearing an iconic red "MAGA" hat, being held back by another man in a "MAGA" hat and yelling "f*** the media!"
The man was eventually removed by security at the event. Trump supporters surrounding the alleged attacker can be heard loudly booing him and chanting, "Get him out!"
Trump also stopped to ask the cameraman if he was okay. Skeans reportedly gave the president a thumbs up and the rally continued.
"Mr Skeans said the 'very hard shove' came from his blindside," reported the BBC, adding: "Mr Skeans said the man almost knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger."
"I didn't know what was going on," the cameraman said.
According to BBC Washington producer Eleanor Montague, who was sitting in front of the cameraman, "the protester had attacked other news crews but Mr Skeans 'got the brunt of it.'"
BBC Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue called the attack "incredibly violent."
"This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media," added O'Donoghue. The correspondent claims he was once "spat on."
The campaign to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020 has since issued a statement regarding the incident:
"An individual involved in a physical altercation with a news cameraman was removed from last night's rally. We appreciate the swift action from venue security and law enforcement," Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer, Trump for President Inc., said in a statement issued Tuesday.
The statement was deemed insufficient by Paul Danahar, BBC's Americas Bureau Chief.
"I'm afraid this statement from the Trump campaign does nothing to address the security lapses at President Trump’s rally in El Paso last night when our BBC colleague was attacked. There was not swift action to prevent or interrupt the attack by any security agency," he wrote, captioning an image of the campaign's statement.
"I've written to [White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders] asking for a full review of security arrangements for the media after last night’s attack on our BBC cameraman at the President's rally," said Danahar in another tweet. "Access into the media area was unsupervised. No one in law enforcement intervened before, during or after the attack."
The White House Correspondent’s Association also issued a statement condemning the apparent attack.
"The White House Correspondent’s Association condemns the physical attack on our colleague at the president’s rally in El Paso, Texas," reads a statement from WHCA President Olivier Knox. "We are relieved that, this time, no one was seriously hurt. The president of the United States should make absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable."
"It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job," a BBC spokesperson told TIME. According to the magazine, the El Paso police department is "still gathering" information regarding the incident.